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Suns vs Thunder NBA Pick & Preview
- Sport: NBA
- Teams: Phoenix Suns at Oklahoma City Thunder
- Where: Oklahoma City at Paycom Center
- Date: Sunday, March 19th
- Betting Odds PHO -1.5, PHO -101 | OKC -120 O/U 235.5
So far, the Suns have put together an overall record of 38-32, while going 37-31-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 0-3 vs the spread.
The Suns are coming off a 116-113 win over the Magic. Although they came away with a straight up win, it was not enough to cover the spread as they entered as 8 point favorites. The Suns made things more interesting than they hoped, as they gave back some of their 5 point halftime lead, by being outscored in the 2nd half. Leading the team in scoring was Devin Booker, as he contributed 19 points while hitting 41.2% of his shots.
The Thunder come into today’s matchup with an overall record of 34-36. So far, the team has gone 42-27-1 against the spread. Against the spread, Oklahoma City has a mark of 2-1. Straight up, their record is 2-1 in these games.
Not only did the Thunder drop their last game to the Raptors. But they also picked up an ATS loss, as they fell by a score of 128-111 as 6 point underdogs. In the defeat, Oklahoma City did not outscore the Raptors in a single quarter. In the loss, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the team in scoring with 29 points on a field goal percentage of 63.2%.
Head To Head Recap & Stats
In the most recent matchup between the two teams, the Suns picked up the 124-115 win over the Thunder. The Suns point margin of victory was enough to cover the spread as 8.5 point favorite. So far this season, the Suns have a record of 2-0 vs the Thunder. Similar to their season-long average, the Suns averaged 112.0 points per game vs the Thunder. Similar to the Suns, the Thunder scored at a rate near the league average. In their games vs Phoenix, the team averaged 104.75 points per game. The Suns have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 4-1. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 12 points per game. Over the course of these games, they averaged 224 points per game, leading a 3-2 over-under record.
Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game
The Suns come into today’s game as the 20th ranked scoring offense at 113.3 points per game. So far, the Suns are averaging 97.9 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. This deliberate style of basketball has played a role in the unit ranking just 13th in made shots per game.
Against the Thunder, the Suns will look to continue their strong defensive play. For the year, they are the 9th ranked unit at 107.33 points per game.
Phoenix will be counting Devin Booker to put together a strong scoring performance vs the Oklahoma City, as Kevin Durant has been ruled out for today’s game. So far, Durant leads the team in scoring at 29.5 points per game. Booker is 2nd on the team at 27.6 points per contest, which sits 10.0th in the NBA. In his 43 games, he has hit 49.2% of his field goal attempts, and is grabbing 4.5 rebounds per game.
The Oklahoma City offense will take the floor in today’s game with the league’s 3rd ranked offense at 117.8 points per game. In terms of pace, the Thunder are on the top units in the NBA, averaging 101.6 possessions per game. If the Thunder offense is going to continue to produce at their current level, they would benefit from an improvement in their outside shooting. Currently, they are the 15th ranked team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Against the Suns, the Thunder will need a stronger defensive effort as they are ranked just 15th in points allowed.
This season, the Thunder offense has primarily worked through Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 59 games, Gilgeous-Alexander is 5th in the NBA at 31.3 points per game. So far, him and Giddey have accounted for 37% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 47.5 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Josh Giddey is grabbing 7.9 rebounds for Oklahoma City to go along with 6.1 assists.
Suns vs Thunder Pick
- Free Spread Prediction: Suns -1.5
- Free Total Prediction: Over 235.5